In broad terms, this exhibition explored the relationships between the body, salt, salinity, and place. The politics of the body and the politics of place. In an opaque way, the exhibition is a reflection of the body and landscape, with direct reference to this place (Mildura and surrounds).
Gretel Taylor and Laki Sideris
Vanessa White, Peter Fraser, Ania Reynolds, Michael Havir
Keg de Souza
Robbie Wirramunda, Jackie Wirramunda and Mark Grist
From a political perspective, salt has many readings, being a source of western trade over time, hinting at saltwater travel and arriving in Australia by boat and healing medicinal practices.
This hyper-local issue of salinity can be read within the narratives of both
- National and global
- Colonial and contemporary
- Extant and experiential
Salt water is known for its restorative, cleansing power. It is most often seen in its ubiquitous white granula form, and this exhibition asks us to think a little deeper on the power, potency and politicisation of ‘the only rock we eat’ (the poetic title of Keg de Souza’s work)
To listen to the insightful Spectres of Places panel discussion, please see below:
Saturday 7 September
Soft launch of exhibition, your first chance to see SALTbody!
There will also be a live dance performance in the gallery
(the 5pm launch is free, and can be seen without staying on for the rest of the ticketed event)
Spectres of place: SALT symposium, curated by Justine Walsh. A community symposium on salt. Using a panel discussion format to interrogate people, place & practice.
Gallery based Salt dinner. Menu and foods by Verdict pop up catering, with accompanying wine by our legend friends Chalmers Wines Australia
The dinner will include a night time viewing of SALTbody (prime viewing time, giving the outside darkness), and live art experiences throughout the dinner
Sunday 8 September
Video Art workshop
Video artist Vanessa White will introduce you to the tips and tricks of capturing and editing captivating video with your smart phone and video devices. How to create captivating video’s. Learn skills in video making, filming and editing techniques that will improve video makers of any skill level.
Lick this Space a movement / body weather workshop on the Lake Crosbie Pink Salt Flats.
Body Weather was developed by butoh dancer Min Tanaka as a training and a way of questioning. This workshop uses Body Weather strategies to sharpen awareness of our body and how it is changed by, and intermingled with, its environment. We will bring our senses into direct contact with the salt surface and the surroundings of the Pink Lakes – inviting this desolate and delicate environment to dance us.
This project is supported by Regional Arts Victoria, through the Regional Arts Fund.
Image credit: Vanessa White